Portsmouth School Committee to discuss security after assault on teacher

Portsmouth police said a teacher was assaulted by a man inside Portsmouth High School. (WJAR File Photo)

Security at Portsmouth public schools is on the agenda Tuesday night at a School Committee meeting.

Investigators said Marcus Schlip punched and kicked a teacher who tried to stop him from getting into the high school gymnasium two weeks ago.

Schlip was arrested in the main office. Police said they found a knife in his backpack.

Schlip was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

A police detail was added to the school in addition to the school resource officer, and the school began the process of installing a new buzzer-lock system on doors with cameras.

School Committee members are scheduled to talk about security during a closed-door executive session and then they'll listen to public comments.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. at Portsmouth Town Hall.

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